This Monday night on ESPN, Alex Smith and the struggling Kansas City Chiefs host Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in a battle of East versus West in the AFC. Monday night’s edition of Monday Night Football on ESPN will be an important one for the Chiefs who are currently winless at home. The Pats on the other hand, are even at 1 – 1 on the road. Pats tight end Rob Gronkowski said this week that he is looking forward to taking on a more active role with the Pats. So fans can potentially expect to see him in a much more active role Monday night when New England comes to Arrowhead Stadium. And that means the possibility of an even more tough fight for the Chiefs Monday night.
Looking at things on an even deeper level, the Chiefs and Pats are almost even in terms of total points scored so far this season and total yardage, too. And Tom Brady has the second-highest winning percentage on Monday Night Football, with a record of 13 – 5. That is second only to Payton Manning, whose MNF record sits at 13 – 4. The Patriots have scored more points than the Chiefs so far this season. But the Chiefs have outperformed the Patriots in terms of Passing Yards, Rushing Yards, and total yardage overall. But that lead is minimal at best. Taking all of this into consideration, Monday night’s edition of Monday Night Footabll on ESPN could prove to be a close one for both teams in this battle of the AFC East and AFC West.
Mike Tirico will have the call for Monday night’s game. He will be joined by Jon Gruden in the booth and Lisa Salters on the sidelines for additional commentary. Before kickoff of Monday night’s game, the Monday Night Countdown crew will recap all of the action from Sunday’s games. Suzy Kolber will host the broadcast, which will come live from Arrowhead Stadium. She will be joined by NFL analysts Trent Dilfer, Ray Lewis, and Steve Young. Chris Berman will join the broadcast live from ESPN’s headquarters alongside ESPN NFL analysts Cris Carter, Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, and Keyshawn Johnson and ESPN NFL Insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter. It all starts at 6pm ET. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:15pm ET.
The topics slated for Monday night’s edition of Monday Night Countdown are listed below.
- Gruden’s Grill Session with Alex Smith: Super Bowl-winning coach and MNFanalyst Jon Gruden visits with Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith.
- Rick Reilly – Drew Bledsoe: If not for an injury to then-Patriots starting quarterback Drew Bledsoe in 2001, the Tom Brady era in New England may never have happened. In his weekly feature, Countdown’sRick Reilly looks at where Bledsoe is now, 13 years after losing his starting job to Brady and eight years since retiring from the NFL.
- Soundtracks – Best of Brady and Gronk: As the Patriots look to get their offense turned around, Countdownlooks back at the best of in-game audio between quarterback Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski in Soundtracks.
Monday Night Football is available to all Spanish-speaking audiences on ESPN Deportes. And anyone that can’t be near a television Monday night can still catch the game online via WatchESPN.
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